Mother dies in Flatbush fire started by toddler

FLATBUSH - A mother died Saturday after officials say her toddler played with matches, starting a blaze in the family's Flatbush apartment.

Fire officials say the fire started on a mattress in the top floor of the Albemarle Road apartment building around 11:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters say a 14-year-old boy was forced to jump out of a sixth-story window to escape the flames. He then told firefighters his mother and others were still in the burning building. The victims were taken to the hospital, some with severe burns, according to firefighters. Sandra Stephens, 45, died at Cornell Medical Center.

Officials are still investigating the fire.

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